Bimbo Coles

Position: Guard

Teams:

  • Virginia Tech (1986-1990)
  • Miami Heat (1990-1996)
  • Golden State Warriors (1996-1999)
  • Atlanta Hawks (1999-2000)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers (2000-2003)
  • Boston Celtics (2002-2003)
  • Miami Heat (2003-2004)

Notables:

  • All-Time leading scorer for the now defunct Metro Conference
  • Won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul
  • Drafted in the Second Round (Pick 13) of the 1990 NBA Draft
  • Played 14 seasons in the NBA, totaling 6,628 points, 735 steals, and 3,313 assists
  • Averaged double figures in points in 4 seasons, all with the Heat (91-92, 92-93, 94-95, 95-96)
  • Member of the Virginia Tech Hall of Fame

College

At Virginia Tech, Bimbo Coles became the all-time leading scorer in school and conference history. He tallied 2,484 career points and led the Metro Conference in scoring for 3 consecutive seasons. His play earned him a spot on the 1988 US Olympic Team, which won a bronze medal in Seoul, South Korea. Prior to his final home game at Tech, Coles became just the second Hokie basketball player to have his jersey retired. (Extracted from Coles’ bio at HokieSports.com)

Watch the 1988 US Olympic Team in action against the USSR:

Coles was a part of two professional drafts in 1990. He was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 1990 NBA Draft (though he was immediately traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for veteran guard Rory Sparrow), and he was selected by the California Angels in the 54th round of the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft. (Trivia Question: Who were the #1 overall picks those two drafts? Answer is at the bottom of the page)

Bimbo’s best years in the NBA came early in his career while his was with the Miami Heat. He was on his way to his best statistical season in 1995-96 (12.8 pts, 5.7 ast) before being traded to the Golden State Warriors along with Kevin Willis for Tim Hardaway and Chris Gatling. Here are Bimbo’s NBA career statistics.

Craig Sager apparently hasn’t forgotten about Bimbo. Awful Announcing pointed out that in a Lakers-Nuggets game in April 2008, TNT correspondent Craig Sager mistakenly mixed up MMA fighter Kimbo Slice with Bimbo Coles.

“So Craig Sager was trying to pass along the story of Nuggets’ coach George Karl making a video with Game One mistakes spliced with some other highlights. He referred to someone by the name of Kimbo Coles and streetfighting, and it left Marv Albert and Reggie Miller very confused. Craig came back on to clarify, but Marv was still lost…..”

Surprisingly enough, Bimbo Coles actually has his own IMDB page because he was interviewed in the ESPN SportsCentury special on Latrell Sprewell. Apparently Bimbo’s StarMeter is down 50% from last week?

Here is a link to a community art project honoring Bimbo Coles (scroll down to the heading that says “Art in the Park 2002: Three Heroes in Four Seasons”).

Trivia Answer: Derrick Coleman (NBA) and Chipper Jones (MLB)

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